Translating research into adaptable implementation strategies…

The Housing Affordability     Crisis    

What Defines Housing  Instability

Impacts  of Housing Instability 

Transitioning to a New Housing-Focused Framework

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS

HIGHER EDUCATION

CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

CHILD WELFARE

HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH CARE

NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY CENTERS

Envisioning a New Response

Mainstream and community-based service systems are positioned to serve as First Responders. 

Partnering for Change is promoting the systematic integration of housing intervention strategies into mainstream and community-based services systems across diverse sectorsincluding education, healthcare, and child, youth, and family services.

Responding to indicators of housing instability along a continuum of need, this effort includes the addition of housing interventions specialists, housing coordinators, access to funding for housing-related special needs, and collaborative and cross-sector assessment and intervention policies and practices. 

Universal Prevention Strategies

Universal prevention strategies address an entire population (e.g. national, local community, school, grade, neighborhood, pregnant women, gender groups, elderly, etc.) with programs, policies and practices.

The Research is Clear

Stable housing provides the vital platform for child, youth, and family health and well-being.

It is vital that mainstream and community-based services systems conduct housing assessments and ensure the provision of timely and appropriate interventions.

This will not only help to end family homelessness but will also improve outcomes across a wide array of services-delivery systems. 

Barriers to Implementation

Perhaps presenting the greatest challenges to addressing indicators of housing instability in our communities are the schools, healthcare systems, and community-based services that are in a position to intervenebut lack the capacity and resources to successfully do so. 

Today’s housing affordability crisis requires that mainstream systems and community-based services providers become more pro-actively involved. This includes through universal prevention strategies, 

While recognizing and supporting national and cross-sector advocacy initiatives to address the housing affordability crisisincluding expansion of rent subsidy programs, housing trust funds, and affordable housing developmentwe believe that there is more that can be done.  

For a brief overview, please choose an introductory portal below. 

Child, Youth & Family Services

Early Childhood Education

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This website introduces a new housing-focused framework and basic guidelines to help mediate the detrimental impacts of housing instability on child & family health and well-being.

We present a collaborative and cross-sector approach to housing interventions that can be adapted and integrated into existing policies and practices of mainstream and community-based services systems.

The content is both simple and complex. We are presenting an often overlapping set of issues for a diverse audience—in language and with terms that are continually evolving.

The topics are presented in an introductory format to enable the user to pick and choose information that is most responsive to their needs.

A major goal is the integration of housing assessments and interventions into mainstream and community-based services delivery systems—with a focus on education,  healthcare and mental healthcare, and child, youth, and family services. Additionally the provision of housing interventions along a continuum of need will also help to prevent family homelessness at its earliest stage. 

This effort requires the development of new interventions or the scaling up of existing interventions. It also requires collaborative and cross-sector efforts with often non-traditional partners.

Simple strategies and guidelines are presented to facilitate the evolution of concentric circles along a continuum of need to create housing safety nets in communities across the country.

 

This website will be updated on a regular basis…..

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